Edward Albert Maruggi, Ph.D. is a second-generation Italian American and a Professor Emeritus from Rochester Institute of Technology, having chaired programs for hearing impaired students for twenty-one years. In 1980/81 he was a Rotary International Fellow who studied and conducted research in Italy. He is a diverse writer who writes a bi- monthly column for an Italian American newspaper, has authored seven college level textbooks and seven about Italians and Italian Americans. His memberships include the Italian American Studies Association, the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy in America and Friends of Italian Genealogy.
In 2017, he was awarded the Literary Award by the New York Grand Lodge of OSDIA. He is married to the former Carolyn Baumgartner, a quiltmaker and quilt genealogist. Together with their two cats, they live at a lake-front community in Hilton, New York.